Ellis Washington
Symposium--Me, Hooley and Malcolm X
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By Ellis Washington
April 22, 2015

Stephen the House Negro, expresses outrage to Calvin about Django riding a horse

Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens, who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle, and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Socrates used a simple but cleverly profound method of teaching by asking revelatory, piercing questions. The Greeks called this form "dialectic" – starting from a thesis or question, then discussing ideas and moving back and forth between points of view to determine how well ideas stand up to critical review, with the ultimate principle of the dialogue being Veritas – Truth.

Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that [Democrat] party can't keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that [Democrat] party – you're not only a chump but you're a traitor to your race.

~ Malcolm X (1963)

Characters:

Socrates

Professor Ellis Washington

Mark Dudley (my nephew, nicknamed 'Hooley')

Various characters from the 2012 movie,
Django Unchained

Malcolm X

Socrates:
We are gathered here today at my Symposium to bring forth ideas previously discussed on a Facebook page between Professor Ellis Washington and his nephew they call Hooley. The question of ultimate concern is this: Does family and the eternal love embodied in family relationships transcend political and ideological differences?

Professor: {Facebook entry, April 15} If any of my Facebook Friends are Armenian or know of someone of Armenian extraction, I ask you to please send this memorial essay to them on the Armenian Genocide (1915-18) by the Muslim Ottoman Turks. Tragically to this day the Holocaust deniers in Turkey including President Tayyip Erdogan irrationally refuse to admit Islam's culpability in the first large-scale genocide of the 20th century. The essay is titled, Before the Holocaust – Armenian Genocide: 1915-1918.

Hooley: This was indeed tragic. I just wish you would spend as much time talking about the things happening to your own people sir.

Professor: Hooley, you seem to support Obama and the Democrats no matter how fascist their policies are to America, or specifically how destructive Democrat Socialists are to Black America. I'm curious, can you name one or two people or historical events where conservatives or Republicans were on the 'right side' of history?

Hooley: Theodore Roosevelt believed some things I can get behind. The need for conservation, the need for a national health care system, the Square Deal and corporate regulations. Dwight Eisenhower is also one of my favorite presidents. His views on the military industrial complex and segregation work well for me. Also, I noticed you used the term 'on the plantation.' You conservatives are fond of using this term, yet you espoused the views of "King Stephen" [from the 2012 Movie Django Unchained] himself a Booker T. Washington [archetype] is quite ironic to say the least. In case you're not familiar with the moniker "Stephen" here is a helpful link.

Professor: Obama and the Socialist Left have for over 200 years deconstructed and confiscated the history of America and perverted history of the constitutional Framers for their own Machiavellian ends following the aphorism of Karl Marx, the father of Communism: "The first battlefield is the re-writing of history." For example, the Selma-Montgomery March 50th year commemoration in March 2015 (only 1 or 2 Republicans were invited) and on the 50th anniversary of MLK's "I have a dream speech" in 2013 there were hundreds of speakers, yet not one Republican was allowed to the stage; and MLK and his father were Republicans! Furthermore, MLK's speech was based on Natural Law the original philosophy of America's constitutional Framers which the Democrat Socialist Party has spent over 200 years systematically destroying. Nephew, did they teach you that at Cornell University?

Hooley: What they taught me at Cornell uncle was to think Objectively. You asked me earlier if there was a "conservative thought" that I thought worked. I gave you some positives. This in and of itself shows that I look at the entire spectrum. If you are so much the intellectual then you would understand the history of the so called Democrats and Republicans and you would also understand the shift in their positions based on LBJ's signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. You would also understand how the "Republicans" of the time abandoned Black people during the Compromise of 1877. But no, it appears that you have overlooked a great many of these landmark events.

Let me tell you my problem with your thinking in a nutshell. First, you ally yourself totally and utterly with people who are solely for those who exploit and discard others like human waste. Second, you are naive enough to think you have or somehow are going to garner a place at the table with these people [the Republican Party]? Third, you are blind to the fact that these people see you solely as some type of porch monkey ready to organ grind and dance at a moment's notice. Fourth, the biggest failure of all is your lack of understanding as it relates to group dynamics racism and its long lasting effects. Let me ask you a question, you call yourselves conservative right? What are you trying to conserve?

Socrates: For the sake of clarity let us explain the literary context of the movie and the character "Stephen." In the 2012 Movie, Django Unchained directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie Foxx (Django), Samuel Jackson (Stephen) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Calvin Candie). In the middle of the movie after Candie's procession finally arrives at his plantation, Candyland, we see his loyal house-slave, Stephen coming outside to greet his master. Immediately the House Negro notices Django riding up with Schultz on a horse and the audience is assaulted by Stephen's irrational outrage and hatred of Django whom to this point he's never even met. Candie turns and notices Stephen on the front porch of the house.
    Calvin Candie: Hello! Stephen, my boy!

    Stephen: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Hello, my ass.

    [referring to Django]

    Stephen:
    Who this nigger up on that nag?

    [Stephen walks down the stairs towards Candie's carriage]

    Calvin Candie:
    Oh, Stephen, you have nails for breakfast? What's the matter? Why you so ornery? You miss me, huh?

    Stephen: Oh, yes, sir. I...I miss you like a...like a hog miss slop! Like a...like a baby miss mammy's titty. I miss you like I misses a rock in my shoe.

    [Stephen and Candie laugh]

    Stephen:
    Now, I axed you, who this nigger on that nag?

    Django: Hey, Snowball.

    [Stephen turns and looks at Django sat on his horse]

    Django:
    Wanna know my name or the name of my horse, you ask me.

    Stephen: Just who the hell you callin' Snowball, horse boy? I'll snatch your black ass off that nag there and in the mud so fast...

    Calvin Candie: Woh, woh, woh! Stephen, Stephen, Stephen. Let's keep it funny. Django here's a Freeman.

    [pointing to Django]

    Stephen:
    This nigger here?

    Calvin Candie: That nigger there. Let me at least introduce the two of you. Django, this is another cheeky black bugger like yourself, Stephen. Stephen, this here's Django. You two oughta hate each other.
Professor: Hooley, now I trust that you understand from this movie excerpt, Django Unchained that your analysis of the head House Negro character, Stephen, falls into the category of a logical fallacy – straw man and is thus seriously flawed. Compliant slaves or the "Uncle Tom" archetype cannot historically be justly associated with either conservatives or especially Republicans, who since the 1600s were ardent Abolitionists and later during the Civil War sacrificed over 1.5 million lives fighting in part to free Black America. On the contrary, I think that Stephen is a perfect literary representation of you and the majority of Black Americans who want to stay on the plantation of the Democrat Socialist Party no matter how much White liberals and progressives abuse, undermine and kill Black American's hopes, dreams and aspirations through Progressive-Marxist mis-education, Socialism slavery and promoting a ghetto, tribal worldview where all Blacks are forced to think alike... We'll nephew I don't think like the majority of my people. I left the Progressive Plantation many years ago.

Hooley, look at the movie dialogue above with fresh eyes. Who would be more derivative of say the hateful, servile actions of the House Negro, Stephen – a Black Democrat or a Black Republican? A Progressive, Socialist or Conservative? The answer is obvious. Remember Hooley the term "House Negro" came from a famous speech by Malcolm X, "Message to the Grass Roots" (1963). In that speech he characterizes the 'House Negro' as having a better life than the 'Field Negro,' and thus is less likely to leave the plantation and more likely to support existing power structures that favor Whites over Blacks; even being willing to use violence to keep Blacks on the plantation who tried to be free. 50 years ago Malcolm X ago criticized Democrats, not Republicans and prophetically predicted a demagogue like a Barack Obama would arise to power not to free Black people, but to keep Blacks on the Democrat Party plantation into perpetuity. 50 years ago Malcolm X rightly predicted the 95 percent of the Black vote in 2015 who are irrevocably chained to the Democrat Socialist Party.

Malcolm X: When Blacks gave 80 percent of their vote to the Democratic Party in 1964, in a speech I gave that previous year I called Black Americans "political chumps". I said, "White voters are so evenly divided that every time they vote, the race is so close they have to go back and count the votes all over again. Which means that any bloc, any minority that has a bloc that sticks together is in a strategic position. Either way you go, that's who gets it." Yet Democrats failed to deliver on a promised and much anticipated new civil rights bill, knowing the party could still count on their blind support in the next election.

"You put them first and they put you last," I said. "Cause you're a chump. A political chump! ... Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can't keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party – you're not only a chump but you're a traitor to your race."

Socrates: What would Malcolm X say about today's 95 percent Black vote for the Democrats? Did the Democrat Socialist Party keep its promises to promote family stability, lessen Black abortions, push education and encourage job creation?

Professor: {turning to Socrates and to the audience} My esteemed teacher, Socrates, as a concluding epilogue, I'd like to lay down my rhetorical weapons for the remainder of the this dialogue and say that while my nephew Hooley and I regularly and vigorously debate on a wide-range of issues, in the end I love him because he is family. We are family and in the spirit of family I want to make a public declaration –

About 10 years ago my when my family was broken and in confusion, my dear nephew, Hooley did something for me I never privately acknowledged, but now before this readership and the world I publically thank him for. 11 years ago Hooley stepped into the life of my family in my absence and had a particularly profound and positive influence on my son, Stone whom Hooley shared a passion regarding comic books having published many volumes of his own comic book he created. Hooley's comic books have both brilliant narratives and dazzling graphics that are at least comparable to the best drawn Batman or Spiderman comics of today. Stone who at that time was only age 7 or 8, started writing his own comic book based on Hooley's loving encouragement to my son which 11 years later has now reached 20 volumes.

Thank you, Hooley for the love and solicitude you showed my family during a period of great Storm and Stress or what the Germans call Sturm und Drang.

Socrates: Indeed, let us therefore hear the conclusion of this matter. Does family and the eternal love embodied in family relationships transcend political and ideological differences? Family values isn't about the servile fanaticism of Stephen in Django Unchained – a slave who was so obsessed with hated toward a fellow free Black brother that rather than rejoicing that he could one day be free like him, this House Negro almost had an heart attack when he saw the Jamie Foxx character sitting confidently upon a horse next to a White man... as his equal.

Family values isn't about the duplicity and treachery that Malcolm X criticized Black America for in 1963 when he collectively called them "chumps" for blindly voting 80 percent for the Democrat Party and thus destroying their political advantages because White Democrats believe that they will always have the Black vote and thus take it for granted. Malcolm X's critique against the voting Groupthink of Black America in 1963 descends back over 100 years to the Harvard-trained Socialist intellectual Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois who in 1912 secretly and cravenly sold out the hopes and dreams of his own people for the Judas price of 30 pieces of silver! The blood money was a promised government job which Du Bois never received from President Woodrow Wilson who in payment for Dubois treachery could only reward this servile Marxist academic with more treachery, malediction, disrespect and the most invidious racism against the same Black Americans who voted for him in vain... and still do so with joy and celebration 100 years later by voting for President Barack Hussein Obama twice.

Setting politics and ideology aside, to Hooley, the love you showed 11 years ago to your little cousin, Stone during a critical period in his life when he was very vulnerable due to the fact that his father was absent in his life for a time was indeed a most honorable and transcendent gesture. An eternal act of love that perhaps saved his life from becoming another Black statistic and thus is deserving to be memorialized for the ages, both in the lines of this Symposium as well as in the hearts and mind of your cousin, Stone Washington, his sister, Eden Washington and his mother, your auntie, Evelyn Dudley Washington.


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Ellis Washington

Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently he is an adjunct professor of law at the National Paralegal College and the graduate school, National Jurisprudence University, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, American History, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, and Advanced Legal Writing, among many other subjects... (more)

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